The strength of the Ravens' defense is supposed to be in the secondary, but they have yet to perform to an elite level.
That's by design, according to coach John Harbaugh, who emphasized too much shouldn't be read into Falcons receiver Julio Jones and the Lions' Calvin Johnson having field days.
Cary Williams, who rejected a three-year offer from the Ravens and opted to sign a one-year tender earlier in the week, has been a frequent target. Rookie Jimmy Smith had a rough outing vs. Johnson as well.
"I don't read too much into great receivers making plays in the preseason, because we are just playing. We are lining up and matching guys up one-on-one," Harbaugh said. "There is no game plan involved in what we're doing now. We didn't roll over top of Calvin Johnson. We didn't roll over top in Atlanta of any receiver. We didn't mix our coverages at all. We just put those guys out there and let them play. ... We just want to develop our technique."
Veteran safety Ed Reed was particularly unhappy with his play in the Lions game and how they defended Johnson.
"I didn't think I played very well. Talking to (Lardarius) Webb, he didn't think he played very well," Reed said. "They moved him around a good bit is what I noticed early. That way you can't really get a bead on him. Makes it hard to double him."
The defensive line hasn't been able to generate much pressure on opposing quarterbacks either, which has made one-on-one coverage even more difficult.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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